Irving ISD's HIPPY Program Helps Parents and Their Children Grow

IRVING — Alejandra Camarillo says she recently lost a home decor battle to her two children. The living room wall, where a large decorative mirror once hung, has been invaded by colorful taped-on cutouts of shapes and letters. They're above a playpen and her 4-year-old daughter's small pink desk. Camarillo said the change came after her daughter, Camila Garcia, became part of Irving ISD's Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program, known as HIPPY, in November. Camarillo said she now sees the loss of the mirror as a massive gain in her daughter's education. "Before, my daughter didn't know the letters of the alphabet or shapes," Camarillo said in Spanish. "She now knows the shapes, the colors and most of the letters."   Continue reading...

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